Andrew 4

Rocky Hill | 50-64 | Male
About:  If I could see a play or musical or some sort of theater piece every night of the week, I would. Some weeks I do. I write theater reviews for the national website examiner.com, covering Connecticut and Western Massachusetts (the beautiful Berkshires), and usher at nearly all of the nonprofits in N... Read more Read less
Reviews (623)
85
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy gentle satire that turns into something quite frightening and poignant, plays that comment on current political scene, funny perfs

Don't see it if Don’t like one act plays, satire, politically-relevant plays, stories that tear at the heart of who we are & what we are capable of doing

81
Riveting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays about the African-American experience & Harlem Renaissance, stories about racism & homophobia, evocative acting

Don't see it if Not interested in the African-American experience of the 30’s, want a comedy and not a tragic tale, don’t like themes of racism, homophobia

78
Bundle of Sticks
Midtown W
Unexpected, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if interested in conversion therapy in Australia, creative casting of no cis-gender males as the gay clients, treatment of indigenous peoples

Don't see it if Casting of trans- or cis-women in all male roles disturbs you, you don't think conversion therapy is bad, no interest in Aussie history

67
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if fan of Richard Greenberg or any of the actors, enjoy plays about families with secrets, economic & class conflicts, generational issues

Don't see it if have no patience for long, bloated first acts with little plot, no foreshadowing of twists, overlong conversations, unlikable characters

Also This show is very disappointing Greenberg. The first act is overlong a... Read more Read less

72
Suicide Forest
Midtown W
Quirky, Indulgent, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Interested in Ma-Yi Theater, Japanese-American & mother-daughter issues, nonlinear and fantasy style story, breaking of fourth wall

Don't see it if Not interested in Japanese-American plays, want a linear, easy to follow plot, don’t like quirky characters or breaking of 4th wall

Also Want to see work of an emerging playwright that was a hit at Bushwick ... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy Mint discoveries, fan of Chekhov, Tolstoy & Russian drama, want to see unusual studies about love, enjoy a bill of 2 one-acts

Don't see it if can't patiently endure a slow, excruciating curtain raiser to wait for a really good play, expect traditional love stories

69
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if interested in ambitious structure, 3 great female roles, ability to figure out time frames & relationships, cross-generation motherhood tale

Don't see it if don't enjoy stories about suicide & frayed mother-daughter relationships, easily confused by simultaneous time frames & actors in many roles

92
Dana H.
Gramercy
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of O'Connell or Hnath, curious about a true-life kidnapping & the lip-sync method of telling story, enjoy riveting stories

Don't see it if don't like 1-person, 1-act plays, actor lip-syncing to actual narration confuses you, upset by kidnapping, rape stories, strobes, loud noise

Also This is a remarkable, riveting evening that impresses, shocks, draws y... Read more Read less

75
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Indulgent, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if fan o Drew Droege, enjoy 1-person plays as actor assumes variety of roles, appreciate a gay male sensibility, can laugh at gay archtypes

Don't see it if not a fan of 60-minute, 1 person play, don't like gay content or don't find gay humor or characters funny. want more depth or insight

84
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Quirky, Refreshing, Surprising, Delightful, Clever

See it if you're looking for something different in musicals, enjoy being deliciously surprised, like going from glum to glorious in 70 minutes

Don't see it if quick, short musical is not your thing, don't like unexpected joy rides or thinking there will be lots of talk about death (not!)

77
During previews
Fluffy, Overrated, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the original, curious about a new version, fan of Beth Malone or director Marshall, interested in story of Molly & Titanic

Don't see it if not a fan of traditional style musicals or big musicals adapted for a smaller stage, want biographical shows to adhere closely to truth

75
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

See it if fan of Laura Linney or author Strout, enjoy 1-person shows, like mother-daughter stories, personal confessions,

Don't see it if you have mother or guilt issues, don't enjoy static storytelling or tired narrators who don't share all feelings, don't like 1-person shows

59
During previews
Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Purpose-less, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if interested in different take on classic tale, like poetic narration with some music, woman as both doctor and monster, good performances

Don't see it if don't care about Frankenstein, don't want to see a two-person, psychologically deep take, expect more plot & action & less rumination

70
Frustrating, Good acting,, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy workplace stories, plays about stilted small town life, semi-tragic character studies, characters striving to make changes

Don't see it if you don't like frustrated ambition tales or stories of denial, work place plays, characters in denial, dead-end lives in small towns

82
Repetitive, Quirky, Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if enjoy funny new musicals, like quirky settings & odd characters, curious about how emojis are depicted, tame love story plotlines

Don't see it if not a fan of new musicals, don't like hackneyed plots, don't want to see Ann Harada's talents wasted, no desire to see emojis humanized

85
During previews
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Refreshing, Surprising, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the Dracula legend, want a fresh, feminist take on the story, like plays in intimate spaces, follow Kate Hamill’s adaptations

Don't see it if Don’t like anything vampiric or Draculean, the idea of female VanHelsing or Renfield turns you off, and a Dracula off-stage most of the

78
As Long As it Lasts
West Village
Immersive, Refreshing, Indulgent, Clever, Funny

See it if you enjoy intimate 1-person shows culled from the performer's own life, playing Bingo based on which stories she tells: love, divorce, dates

Don't see it if you expect a full plot, don't like gimmicks like bingo, odd story titles, surface glimpses at her life, 1-person shows, audience involvement

78
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
A tad long, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Fan of the playwright, get a feel for dying Idaho towns, enjoy complex characters with strong female lead, see mine created as part of set

Don't see it if Don’t like 3-act 2-intermission plays, stories about dying towns, many scenes in low lights, manufactured suspense

82
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if You’re a fan of Charles Busch, you love to laugh, enjoy 40’s movies cliches, drag tropes, a bit of risqué humor, mindless fun, sharp wit

Don't see it if Not a fan of drag, can’t relate to movie references, don’t like the deliberate tackiness of Busch shows, can’t get Busch’s humor

86
During previews
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Humane, Warm, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy modern Irish drama, two-character plays, stories about strangers connecting, folk with esteem issues & guilt, people who feel real

Don't see it if don't like new plays, Irish drama, two-handers, talk about abortion and abuse, 80-minute one acters, Irish accents & slang

82
Sing Street
East Village
Predictable, Slow, Great music, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if liked the film & 80's Brit-pop, family struggle stories, youthful energy, actors on instruments, choreography as natural to plot, love story

Don't see it if don't like loud rock music played live, predictable plot, typical family saga, to convenient happy endings, limited character development

68
Excruciating, Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Ayckbourn, enjoy this play, want to see how a real British company handles it, enjoy acerbic comedy

Don't see it if You expect elaborate sets & lighting, don’t like imported shows, have trouble within men, not a fan of slapstick or pun-like humor

Also Not a lot new here, but always learn something as part of this....

81
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if chance to see rare production staged in huge space, interested in von Horvath & issues of guilt & blame, to see the power of the mob,

Don't see it if not a fan of loud noises, huge sets being slowly dragged across theater, people lost among the sets, don't like stories of infidelity, guilt

71
During previews
Limited, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Maury Yeston's music, like to hear it out of context from the original musical to see if they have staying power (they do!)

Don't see it if you don't know Maury Yeston or weren't a fan of shows like Titanic, Grand Hotel, Nine, and the Yeston version of Phantom, don't like revues

Also At the production I saw (during previews), one of the actors had lost ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Funny, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with large casts, slice of life stories about staff & residents of a female halfway house, reality with humor & warmth

Don't see it if don't enjoy 3+hour plays, realistic portrayals of damaged humans, vivid depictions of sex & mental illness, broken social service system

83
The Headlands
Upper W Side
Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Want to see plays by & about the Asian-American experience, enjoy mysteries about one’s background,

Don't see it if Not interested in Asian-American takes told in a noir style or stories about trying to find one’s roots, open ended plots

80
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Bleak, Superficial, Funny, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if fan of Jerry Herman, enjoy the OBC cast album of the show & want to see how it is staged, wonder if Douglas Sills still has it (he does)

Don't see it if It's not one of your favorite scores, don't like the Mabel Normand story & fact that the book isn't that accurate about her career

75
During previews
Mr. Toole
Midtown E
Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if curious about J. K. Toole's life and how Confederacy of Dunces became a classic after his death, enjoy mother-son stories, bio-dramas

Don't see it if not a fan of Toole or his masterwork, don't enjoy slightly staged works using same set for multiple locations or unnecessary flashbacks

Also This has the potential to be a much stronger play although the cramped... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Coal Country
East Village
Relevant, Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Steve Earle, enjoy oral histories of real events, interested in issues facing coal miners & families and workers vs. owners

Don't see it if don't like topical musicals, identify more with mgmt than workers, expect a happy, song & dance musical not one about real tragic events

83
During previews
Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy musicals, Romantic war stories, untrustworthy narrators, historical mysteries with modern repercussions , chamber musicals

Don't see it if You don’t like Small-scale musicals with two simultaneous timelines,, war stories, obsessed heroines, lonely characters who can’t connect

81
During previews
72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if interested in plight of immigrants & deportation impact, enjoy family stories, parental/step-parent issues, seeing Latina characters

Don't see it if immigration/deportation subject can be frustrating & worrying, don't like too many offstage characters, lengthy time jumps disturbing,

87
During previews
The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Refreshing, Touching, Hilarious, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Katori Hall, enjoy black, gay male humor, like cooking contests & family plays, coming of age tales, good laughs

Don't see it if don't enjoy plays in which 4 main roles are gay, public displays of gay affection, lots of black gay jargon spoken swiftly or spicy chicken

69
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy stand up comedy, Jewish humor, Jewish family stories, one person shows with lots of slides, family and cultural stories

Don't see it if don't enjoy shows that are essentially stand up gigs with a few props and slides, don't appreciate Jewish humor and family stories

63
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if curious how film transforms into a musical, fan of Duncan Sheik's music, want to see Suzanne Vega sing and perform, fan of 1-act musicals

Don't see it if you want a memorable score or a stunning, meaningful book, need interesting characters, dance numbers, etc., expect another Spring Awakening

87
Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if fan of Ruth Negga & how well she plays an intelligent, petulant teen, discover different approach to Hamlet very well-staged, strong support

Don't see it if you do not wish to see yet another Hamlet, do not like female actors as male characters, 3+hr. length of play & language too daunting,

82
Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Want to see rarely- produced Shakespeare play, see main character portrayed as a woman , enjoy themes of greed, friendship & betrayal

Don't see it if Don’t like Shakespeare & trouble with his language, don’t like His “problem plays,” curious about play he co-wrote with Middleton, static

78
Border People
Midtown W
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like 1-person shows, actor imitating real people he has interviewed, concerned about immigration and refuge, versatile actor

Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows, not interested in immigration or superficial approach to issue, want more "meat" & underlying message

77
During previews
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Compelling writing, Great acting, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if enjoy one person shows, poetic, rhyming dialogue, sprawling fables with audience participation & decision-making, dynamic performance

Don't see it if don't like confusing, poetic dialogue, 1-person shows, audience speak and response, too phony initial setup of a town meeting

84
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if if you are a fan of Beth Wohl or any of the cast, enjoy modern family comedies on a subject seldom presented, like great curtain scenes

Don't see it if topic seems a little too frothy for you, want subject explored more seriously, petulant adult children disturb you, don't like divorce tales

89
Fluffy, Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy funny new musicals, riffs on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Italian family stories with gangsters, some up and coming musical stars

Don't see it if think West Side Story is enough adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, don't like Italian cliches, don't like small chamber musicals, strained ideas

76
Must Go On
West Village
Inspired, Indulgent, Fluffy, Quirky, Zany, hectic, surprising, funny. grotesque

See it if See a drag queen's wild, hectic costume changes in a slapstick mode that is clever & exhausting, bizarre behavior with no story but heart

Don't see it if Garish, colorful outfits put on and off at breakneck speed is off-putting, want a story & dialogue, can't deal with hectic pace, loud music

58
Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like unusual theater mixing video, puppetry, video within puppets, loud sound effects, deliberately garbled dialogue

Don't see it if You like linear plot lines and not odd-looking video installations/ puppets in constant hard to follow motion, loud noises, frenzied motion

Also The chaos can be clever for chaos’s sake and how they time they videos... Read more Read less

81
Slow, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You liked the music of the baby boom generation (46-69), 1-person shows with on target impressions & singing, great projections, lived it!

Don't see it if Unfamiliar with or don’t care about boomers & their period, not into history or music, don’t like 1-person shows, superficial history

88
During previews
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging

See it if To see a contemporary take on Medea on a white set using video, fan of Byrne (frighteningly terrific) & Canavale, great child actors

Don't see it if Don’t want another Medea or plays about marital discord, obsession, male privilege, blind ambition, revenge. Don’t like video, modern takes

Also Very effective use of video, very contemporary explanation for part of... Read more Read less

87
Fluffy, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if curious about playwright, enjoy verbal farce, actors creating great characters, deliciously complicated plot, exquisite set

Don't see it if farce is not your thing, don't like plays from the 1850's, not in the mood for frivolous yet artful comedy, slightly overdone characters

83
During previews
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if landmark theater piece, underwood earnest, grier frightening, o'connell revealing, learn about African-Americans in military, impact of rank

Don't see it if not interested in military stories, murder mysteries, treatment of blacks in military, men in barracks, once revealing but now familiar plot

84
Pumpgirl
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Irish drama, stories reflecting coming of age in isolated towns, male-female relationships, love triangles, doomed romances

Don't see it if Not a fan of Irish plays, have trouble with accents, don’t like strictly monologue plays (albeit 3 simultaneously) or dark, bleak subjects

87
The Gospel of John
East Village
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if fan of Ken Jennings, interested in this Gospel, are a Christian, enjoy 1-person shows, have seen performances of other Gospels (ie. Mark)

Don't see it if Not a Christian or interested in the Gospels, don't enjoy 1-person shows, uncomfortable around religion, not familiar with John

79
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like clever, unusual one act plays about self-esteem, especially among young African American men, rapid fire dialogue, identity issues

Don't see it if you don't like nonlinear works set in non-specific locales, contemporary and blunt issues among African American men, nudity, crude language

78
Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Great special effects, Funny, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy creative clowning, physical humor, dazzling use of "snow," and lots of children laughing & screaming, visual surprises and delight

Don't see it if you don't like shows without plots, visual humor, simple sight jokes, clowns walking over seats, water sprays & frightening blizzard